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What's Your Favorite Opener Memory

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Doesn't matter if it was on an East Central Lake or not. It would be more interesting than it was.

Mine was on an East Central Lake a few years back where my dad, a good friend, and myself pounded walleye, silver bass, and sheepshead for about 8 hours. We even had to run into town to reload on fatheads. I think we totaled around 40 walleyes, maybe twice as many silver, probably 2 dozen sheepshead, and a couple pike and crappies to boot. It was constant catching, and it was with a couple of my best buddies. I doubt I have caught that many walleyes from this lake in the 6 or 7 years since.

Every opener is memorable for one reason or another. Hope everyone makes a good memory this year.

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Sorry Ray, not a east cent lake.. but in college I went out for opener once, and made 7 casts to get my limmit.. I had one on one cast and lost it, hece the 7th cast...by far my best opener.

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So many to choose from, but this one is right up there!

I grew up in Hastings, and my dad is not what you would call an avid fisherman, but, being the great dad he is, he took me WAY up north for the opener. A lake called South Center Lake!!!!! I do not remember if we caught any fish, but, the time spent with my dad doing what I love, and him pretending to be as excited, is, shall we say "Priceless"!

Thanks Dad!!!!!!

Cory Frantzick

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Most of you know I ONLY fish Crappies.

One year, I thought I'd go after Walleyes...With a launch guide service on Mille Lacs.

I raced up after work to get on the launch and head out at midnight.

It was 45 degrees, 15 mph wind, cloudy.

The guy next to me caught his limit plus a few. He was the only one on the boat catching anything, and the only one using a red anodized hook.

He offered me one, but I was being stubborn.

After he landed a few more fish, I finally let him borrow me the "secret bait", and immediatly my bobber went down. I counted to 5, and missed the fish.

The wind switched and howled even harder out of the new direction, snow started to fall, and that was the last bite of the night for anyone.

The next day I was fishing in the snowstorm north of Aitkin getting slab Crappies out of the reeds...In my snowmobile suit!!!

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Ray, congrats on the bird! I don't have too many good memories about fishing openers because we fish in that carp infested, green pea soup of a lake they call Artichoke. All I remember is gettin drunk! Yea Haw!


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  • 2 weeks later...

I went in to this bar and there were these 3 redheads dancing on the table ....

Opps wrong forum

Fished Gull once for opener and it was so windy that we could not get out So I went down to the dock and pulled out the secret weapon ( 1/2 bead chain sinker and a 4 ft leader with a floating jighead) Caught 4 walleyes 4-8 lbs and having all the neighbors coming over to see what I was doing!!! The home owner told me they were still talking about it a couple of weeks later

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